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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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All right, a brief note about digital photography that has to do with the topic of this exercise as you'll see. Regardless of your profession, whether you're a photographer by trade or you're an amateur or you shoot images to use in your graphic artwork or your design work or you're the member of some other profession, doesn't matter, when you're shooting a subject, you should shoot lots and lots of photographs, so that you have a wealth of photographs to cull through. For example, if I scroll down in my list here, inside the 03_open_org folder, you'll find a collection of I think about 10 photographs of Sammy with this butterfly walking across his face.
And I just sat there and snapped pictures as long as that butterfly was there because I knew eventually it would leave and I also knew that sometimes I would lock on the focus, sometimes I wouldn't, sometimes Sammy would look goofy, sometimes he'd look great and so on. And so I wanted to make sure I had those shots. Then what you're going to do is photo edit inside of the Bridge. Now compare that to image editing which is changing the pixels inside of Photoshop, Photo Editing is the term for culling through your day shoot or your week shoot or what have you, and deciding which stuff for the money shots, and which stuff you should just leave alone.
And I do say leave alone. Don't throw them away. There is no reason to throw digital images away. They are actually relatively small. You can always buy more hard drives if you need to, but you can't buy a time machine to go back in time and re-shoot a photograph. So I recommend keep all of your photos, but do photo edit them. Do make careful decisions about which ones you want to use and don't use. And the photo editing tools of choice here inside the Bridge are located under the Label menu. They are the star ratings, one star through five-star right there, and then we also have these Labels such as Select, Second, Approved and so on and I'll show you how those work.
So I'm going to scroll back up my list, even though really I'm at the bottom of the list because I'm looking at them in reverse alphabetical order. And I'll click on this guy, this image of Sammy with his shirt off and a bunch of dirt on him, and I'll make my only my Preview bigger, so that I can see him a little bigger on screen. And that looks like a really great shot. Now I want to assign a star rating, if you are so new to this kind of stuff, you might think that you would try to exactly evaluate -- gosh, that is a four star image. So I'll go up to the Label menu and choose four stars or press Ctrl+4, Command+4 on the Mac.
So notice Ctrl or Command along with the number is going to give you star rating one through five, right there. If you want to get rid of the star rating, you'll press Ctrl+0 or Command+0 on the Mac. So let's say, Gosh, what a great shot. Let's give it four stars. That's not typically the way you work, because if you're trying to assign stars like this to one image at a time, you're really working in a vacuum. You haven't seen all the other shots, presumably there would be more than just this. This is the only one I copied over. But there would be a bunch of shots of Sammy with his shirt off with dirt all over him of course.
And I wouldn't know really at this point which was the best one and which was just pretty darn good. So what you do first time through, you just go ahead and give everybody one star ratings. And one star doesn't mean bad. One star means it ranks among the best shots that you took that day. So I could press Ctrl+1 or Command+1 on the Mac or choose that command or notice these stars down here below the image, I just have to click on the first one and make it a one star image. Click on the last one and make it a five- star image for example, or click before the first star like so that gives you a little Ghostbusters icon right there in order to get rid of the star rating.
And that's true for any image. Like this one right here. I can click on the first little pimple right there to turn that into a star, because every one of these little dots is an incipient star, don't you know? I typically don't work this way either though. And the reason is because I can't really see the image and all that much detail at this point. I would prefer to work with the full- screen preview, and I can do that by pressing the Spacebar of course. And then I would say, all right this is a good image. It deserves one star. I think I already star rated it though.
But if I wanted to give it let's say two stars, I press the 2 key. This time I don't need a modifier key. I don't need Ctrl or Command. So 2 will give it two stars, as you can see down here in the lower left corner of the window. 1 will give it one star, 5 will give it five stars and so on. If I want to get rid of the star rating, that is 0. Anyway, I want to leave it set to one star, and then I'll go back to this image, definitely one star for this guy. Let's go back to that one. I hardly need to star rate it but what that let's give it five stars because I've already spent a ton of time on it.
And it better be darn good at this point. And then this guy, no it just a tower. It's dull. This guy, another tower who cares, and so on. Oh! That's pretty cool. I'll give that one star and so on and so on. All right, I'm going to escape out of here. Now what about Labels? Well, let's drop-down to this image of Max holding this butterfly. Your Labels, which are also available from the Label menu, are Select through To Do and they have colors associated with them. So if I choose the Select command. That's going to turn the image red, and it's going to give it a label of Select.
Although, you don't see that label initially. In other words, you're not seeing the label name. You can set things up though, so you will by scrolling to the top of the Metadata panel. And I'll twirl open File Properties, and in the here we should see both the Label and the Star Rating, however they're turned off by default. The Bridge has an odd habit of turning the best stuff off by default, I swear. So I'll go up to the Metadata flyout menu icon and click on it, and choose the Preferences command. And then here inside the Preferences panel, I'll twirl open File Properties and I'll drop-down here to Label and Rating. Turn them both on.
Click OK, and now we can see that the Rating is 0, but the Label is Select. So you'll see the name of that Label. You also have keyboard shortcuts. So if you press Ctrl+6 or Command+6, that gives you that Red Label Select. If you press Ctrl+7 or Command+7, you'll switch to Second, the Label Second as you can see down there, which is Yellow. Ctrl+8 or Command+8 will switch you to Green which is Approved. This is the only one I actually memorized. Even though, I am not going through this entire list for memory right now, I will jettison that memory very quickly and get rid of all but that one keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+8 or Command+8 for Approved, because that's the one I use a lot.
After all the image is green lighted to my way of thinking, and then Ctrl+9 or Command+9, which will switch you to the cyan Review Label right here. And that final label doesn't have a keyboard shortcut, the To Do Label. But it looks like this. It's purple. What's weird about these guys is that there doesn't seem to be a way to take them off from the keyboard, right? You have the No Label command but it doesn't have a keyboard shortcut. Well, in fact you do have a keyboard shortcut for removing the label and I'll show you how that works. If I press Ctrl+8 or Command+8 on the Mac to switch back to that green lighted Approval label, and then I once again press Ctrl+8 or Command+8 on the Mac that will get rid of the label.
So the same keyboard shortcut that assigns the label gets rid of it as well. And this works in the Full Screen mode. So if I'm seeing Max with this butterfly in Full Screen, and then I decide you know this is definitely green lighted. I don't have to press Ctrl or Command key, when I'm in the Full-Screen preview. All I have to do is press 8 in order to assign that Label and then press 8 again to remove it. I'm going to go ahead and assign that label to this image and escape back out. I want to show you one more thing. You can change the meaning of these Labels if you want to.
So for example, let's say I select this squirrel right here and I press Ctrl+6 or Command+6 to apply that Select label. Now I'll press Ctrl+K or Command+K on the Mac to bring up the Preferences dialog box. And I'll switch over to Labels here. And let's say I don't want red to mean Select, I want it to mean On Fire! Whatever you want it to be, just go ahead and enter it in there, and then click OK. A curious thing happens. The squirrel changes to white at this point. And notice the Label is still Select, but Select no longer corresponds to a color at this point.
So now if you want to update the squirrel so that it is On Fire! according to your new label. Go up to the Label menu and choose On Fire! or once again press Ctrl+6, Command+6 on the Mac and now he is indeed On Fire! And we see the On Fire! label down here as well. Now something to bear in mind, if I then hand this On Fire! squirrel over to another person who's using the Bridge, and they don't have an On Fire! label because they won't then they will see a white label below the squirrel because their red Label will be Select. However, that will still show then that some thing is up with this squirrel, and they will think it's might be fine.
In the next exercise, I'm going to show you how to go about filtering your thumbnails inside the Content panel.
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